Lift up your face

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As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”

“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”

She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. – 1 Samuel 1:12-18

Have you ever had that experience of praying and fully trusting God with the answer? It is truly uplifting. You can be free from the burden of your request because God always answers prayer…always. Perhaps not the way we would like at times, but trusting God that his answer is the best.

The next time you pray about something that is heavy on your heart, be encouraged by remembering the promises of God’s love for you. Find a favorite verse and memorize it so that it will always be with you when you need it.

Prayer: Our Father, I do thank you for prayer. It is such a wonderful gift and forgive me when I take it for granted. I trust you with the answers to my prayers. Amen

Faith Tip: Pray and trust God. Lift up your eyes to the mountains where your help will come from (Psalm 121).

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